Aston Martin is built upon the passion, skill and creativity of the people who dedicate their working lives to the most iconic brand in the world. Every intricate stitch, beautifully expressed line, and the stirring noise of our engines, is a manifestation of the desire and collective spirit to create the most beautiful cars: the soul of Aston Martin made real.
Our Supply Chain division plays a critical role in enabling us to produce the beautiful cars you see in our showrooms, from ensuring we have the right parts in the right place at the right time to providing the means to deliver the finished product. We are currently looking for an experienced Interim Director of MP&L to lead the team during a change of permanent leadership, taking full responsibility for all aspects of the production plan, operational supply chain and managing production material supply from order intake, through manufacturing to vehicle delivery to the customer. As Interim Director of MP&L your role encompasses all aspects of material planning and logistics, supporting Aston Martin production methods for both current models and new model introduction; determining the site strategy and the subsequent tactical plans to implement change whilst maintaining the daily operational needs. Your ability to forge close working relationships with Sales, Purchasing and the Manufacturing teams will be pivotal in creating business plans to balance the production system with customer demand. This role will be based at one of our Midlands facilities and, as with all of our senior roles, flexibility is required in terms of travelling between sites and internationally where required.
Main Responsibilities & Tasks:
Lead and manage the Pipeline, Inbound Supply & New Model Launch Teams in collaboration with entire Purchasing function.
Develop and assign objectives in support of the Procurement & Supply Chain Department Vision and Company objectives.
Development of the production plan to schedule production parts delivery and manage the subsequent daily adherence to build.
Ensure production parts ordering and delivery to site for all vehicle derivatives.
Own and lead the operational supply chain strategy development, considering future AML business needs and Logistics ‘best practice’, with a strong vision for change from which annual tactical goals are developed.
Develop & manage an optimal logistics system for multi-site operation.
Manage the physical logistics operation from receipt through warehouse to line-side delivery in conjunction with the LLP management team.
Responsible for the finished vehicle storage distribution throughout the world supporting dealer network.
Strong Inventory management with robust financial reporting & compliance and departmental budget control, minimising obsolescence.
Supports entire new model launch gateway process with responsibility for production released parts; adherence to delivery and logistics processes for each pre-production build phase.
Support Operations and manufacturing with strong KPI performance, setting annual objectives and target driven scorecard reviews.
Develop and implement cost reduction initiatives (Total Delivered Cost).
Qualifications & Experience:
We are expecting that, in order to deliver the above, you will be able to demonstrate the majority of the following skills & experience:
Educated to Degree level or equivalent, preferably in line with the role requirements.
Strong background in S&OP implementation and management.
Good understanding of cyclical logistics processes and Supply Chain areas in general, ideally including a vehicle launch.
Ability to facilitate multi-functional groups, 3rd party operators and achieve process improvement.
Good grasp of company-wide production planning, adherence & relationship to manufacturing processes.
Excellent understanding of Supplier Performance management.
Previous experience of logistics optimisation and related KPI’s.
Knowledge of budgetary control and compliance.
Knowledge of dynamic manufacturing environment and supply chain preferred as need to manage rapid change and time critical environment – JIT, Kanban and Lean working methods.
MRP/ERP scheduling systems experience in a flow process with strong process thinking.
Methodical & strong problem-solving techniques.
High attention to detail with strong planning & organising competency.
An awareness of Aston Martin Production System / Lean Manufacturing would be an advantage.
This role is offered on a 6 month interim basis on a day rate of circa £500 per day (Ltd Co).
There really has never been a better time to join Aston Martin Lagonda, with strong financial results, a significant growth plan in place, a new site nearing completion and arguably the strongest model line up in the Company’s history, so if you feel ready to take the next exciting step in your already successful career and become part of the AML family apply today for consideration.